I was going to title this post “HOLy Basil, Batman!”, but somebody beat me to it. Oh, well.
Basil is worshipped in some cultures. They even call it HOLy. Because it’s a blooming miracle plant, that’s why!
It contains vitamins K, C, and A, and trace amounts of iron, calcium, manganese, and magnesium.
Whoopty-do. Lots of plants have vitamins & minerals.
But more than that, basil has been studied (like for real scientific studies) for its positive effects on bacteria, respiratory ailments, blood sugar levels, and the digestive tract. It has a low glycemic index, and is an antioxidant (reduces free radicals). There’s a gajillion articles on how awesome it is. Just fire up the Google, and you’ll see.
I’ve been making a medicinal tea with basil since the weather turned cold, and it is delicious.
Just bring a pot of water (2-4 cups) to a boil, remove it from heat, and add a 3-4 tablespoons of fresh basil leaves, cover and let it steep.
That’s it. Simple.
I let mine sit overnight so it’s good and strong. I keep it in a glass jar with a tight lid in the fridge.
Recently, I bought some dried peppermint, and I added it to my decoction in a steel mesh tea ball. It brings a refreshing note to the taste, but really, you’ll be surprised at how delightful the basil is all by itself. Drink it warm with a teaspoon of raw honey, and you are golden. (You will feel golden. You will feel like a Buddhist monk on a Tibetan hillside. Gong optional). It will soothe your spirit and calm your nerves. I love to drink it before bedtime.
It finally dawned on me that I needed to be sharing this gift of the gods with my dogs. Duh. In fact, Truman about knocked my mug from my hands to get at it. So, I added it to the breakfast rotation.
Simply pour it over whatever is in the bowl. I have also begun to mince a couple of basil leaves to sprinkle atop their morning meal, and both dogs are coo-coo for it. (Truman more than Pearl. She’s got more of a sweet tooth, but she still enjoys it).
I keep a basil plant in my kitchen in a glass of water, and it keeps us supplied.
Trust me. Ancient cultures were more selective in their choice of objects of worship than our modern-American, Kardashian-infused culture is. They didn’t waste their reverence on b*llsh*t like we do. (I’m just guessing. I like to think they were too busy to fool with nonsense. I could be wrong). But this could change your world.
pugs & kisses,